Top 20 Product Discoveries of 2014

2014 has been a year that I discovered so many amazing products. The followings are some of the items that I have come across and loved and think are worthy of recommendation! :)


Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color Blush
Tom Ford
Wicked Cheek Color Blush
Full review

I love Wicked for its cool-toned, bright raspberry pink with ultra fine pink and silver micro shimmer that not only adds the most youthful flush to my complexion but a soft illuminating sheen as well.

BUY ▶ US$57 | Nordstrom

Marc Jacobs Sky Liner 7-Piece Petites High Liner Collection
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs Sky Liner 7-Piece Petites High Liner Collection
Full review

This has to be one of the best holiday sets of 2014! Marc Jacobs eyeliners are among the ones I reach for all the time. Superior gel-like texture with creamy, smooth, and incredibly pigmented formula. They never tug the delicate eye area.

BUY ▶ US$45 | Sephora

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
First Aid Beauty
Facial Radiance Pads
Full review

Since the start of using these pads, I've been getting fewer and fewer breakouts and when I do, they are very small and go away very quickly! I'd never live without these again.

BUY ▶ US$14 | Sephora

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay
Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Full review

This is my “default” palette! When I can't think of what eye makeup to wear, I grab the Naked3! Best all-around palette and the rose gold hues are just beautiful and perfect for any occasion!

BUY ▶ US$54 | Nordstrom

Simplehuman Sensor Mirror
Sensor Mirror
Full review

This mirror has made my life so much easier! It allows me to apply my makeup with so much precision. The ring LED light is perfectly lit and allows me to see my entire face at once.

BUY ▶ US$200 | Sephora

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Full review

This cleansing balm melts everything off without you even trying! Be it waterproof or long-wear makeup. I also love how relaxing it makes me feel when I message it on my face. :)

BUY ▶ US$28.50 | Nordstrom

Bite Agave Lip Mask
Agave Lip Mask
Full review

The only thing to keep my severely dry lips in check during colder months! I slather it on every night to bed and always wake up with soft and supple lips! Day time-appropriate as well but you may need to blot slightly to eliminate the “shiny” finish.

BUY ▶ US$26 | Sephora

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
Cindy-Lou Manizer
Full review

theBalm makes one of the best highlighters on the market and my favorite is Miss Cindy — a gorgeous peachy rose gold pink. The effect is subtle and beautiful. The formula is soft and an absolute dream to blend.

BUY ▶ US$24 | Nordstrom

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier
Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Full review

When it comes to cream shadow pencils, you can't go wrong with these Caviar Sticks! Soft, smooth, long-lasting, and with the right amount of shimmer. Looks great alone as well as a base for powder shadow.

BUY ▶ US$26 | Sephora

Tom Ford Pussycat Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford
Pussycat Lip Color Matte
Full review

I love the versatility of this beautiful mauve pink shade that I can wear to any occasion. Tom Ford matte formula is lightweight, full-coverage, opaque, and leaves a gorgeous velvet finish.

BUY ▶ US$50 | Nordstrom

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced
Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
Full review

Seriously, the chocolate scent of these shadows is so delicious (and addicting!). I also love the color selection which includes neutrals and subtle colors in lovely matte and shimmery finishes.

BUY ▶ US$49 | Sephora

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani
Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Full review

With just a few drops of this liquid gold bronzer mixed in, I never have to worry about my foundation not matching my summer skin anymore. The added illuminating effect is a nice bonus!

BUY ▶ US$64 | Nordstrom

YSL Blush Voluptè Heart Of Light Powder Blush in Light 03
Blush Voluptè Heart Of Light Powder Blush in Light 03
Full review

When I'm in a hurry, I always grab this blush because the color is soft enough that there's no way I can overdo the application. A beautiful purple-toned pink matte with a hint of peachy pink highlight. Goes on sheer but can easily be built up for drama.

BUY ▶ US$47 | Sephora

NARS Ita Kabuki Brush
Ita Kabuki Brush
Full review

This little fool-proof brush takes the guesswork out of face contouring. Just angle the brush, wiggle, and you're done. The effect is natural and perfectly diffused every time.

BUY ▶ US$55 | Nordstrom

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Pro Longwear Concealer
Full review

Full coverage, natural matte finish, with a super affordable price tag, it's no surprise that this concealer is favorited by so many! The pump dispenser can be a pain but I promise it gets better over time.

BUY ▶ US$20 | Nordstrom

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in 19 Fuchsia in Rage
Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in 19 Fuchsia in Rage
Full review

Although it doesn't apply fuchsia purple as seen in the tube, it's still a very nice color of magenta on my lips. Extremely moisturizing and long-lasting with delicious mango scent. Complexion-brightening effect is a lovely bonus.

BUY ▶ US$35 | Nordstrom

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Full review

Pores gone right before your eyes! This primer leaves extremely natural finish, thanks to its flesh-toned color and lightweight formula. It also mattifies the skin a great deal so you can follow with your foundation immediately after.

BUY ▶ US$39 | Nordstrom

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes
Ambient Lighting Blushes
Full review

A perfect blend of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and pigments to give your cheeks a long-lasting color with youthful, subtle glow. My favorite shades are Mood Exposure and Dim Infusion.

BUY ▶ US$35 | Sephora

My Product Photo Book
Full review

This item is not beauty-related but it is definitely among the best of 2014 discoveries for me. Groovebook is a photobook subscription service that you pay a monthly minimal fee to get 100 of your photos printed on quality glossy papers. My first book is filled with my makeup product photos! :)

BUY ▶ US$2.99 | Groovebook

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret
Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret
Full review

Another great holiday set of 2014! Five NARS famous lip pencils (3 satins and 2 velvet mattes) in a range of rich and long-lasting colors that include red, coral, pink, and even nude! The keepsake box is a nice and sturdy acrylic box that is reusable, too!

BUY ▶ US$49 | Sephora

What about you? What have been your biggest beauty discoveries of 2014? :D

Disclosure: The Simplehuman Sensor Mirror was provided by Sephora. All opinions are my own.

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  1. says: Olivia

    Most of these products I can only dream of (way over my poor student budget, haha). They all look too beautiful, especially the Hourglass highlighters. The make-up mirror from Simplehuman seems like an amazing invention, I could definitely use one since I have one lamp that only lightens up one side of my face >_< Everything on your blog is to die for, actually!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Olivia! ^_^ Oh it must be hard to apply makeup with just one light source on one side of the face!! The Simplehuman mirror is definitely an investment but you can always save up and buy during the 20% off sale plus ebates/credit card cash back!

  2. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, our lists actually overlap a little! I also adore the Clinique cleansing balm, LM Caviar Sticks, and Digital World! I also discovered Dior Backstage Blender this year, and in all honesty I haven’t applied foundation with a brush ever since! Oh and Verso, because a little retinol works wonders!

  3. says: brenda

    For me, the best product is the Armani Luminous Silk foundation, i love it! Also,the vitamin E serum from the Body Shop has become a favourite, my skin is so much better now.

  4. says: Audrey

    The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks have been my favorite makeup discovery of 2014! I am absolutely in love and I want one in each color, LOL! :D

    1. says: Jaa

      Me too, Audrey! I want every single color as well! And in mini size if possible! Imagine how cute they would be! :D

  5. says: Janet

    I would say my favorite product purchases for 2014 are the Becca Souffle Blushes, The Balm How Bout Them Apples Blush and Lip Palette, Too Faced Chocalate Bar #1, (.i agree with you I could just sit there and smell it all day! :D), Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Gift Set, and the smaller one with the 4 Pencils. I LOVE Pomegranite!!!! ;D :D. oh yes, and how could I forget my Tarte Rain Forest After Dark Palette and my Hourglass gloss in Siren. I love those Hourglass Blushes, and the Cindy Lumanizer I was wondering about. They will go on my wish list! ;) It is a pretty color! The Georgio Armani Maestro Bronzer looks really cool too! Nice goodies you have there Jaa!!! :D :D :D ;)

    1. says: Jaa

      I’d like to try those Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé blushes soon! I played with them a few times in-store and they are so much fun! I skipped the Tarte Rain Forest After Dark Palette simply because the snake design scared me. LOL. Everything inside is so beautiful, though!

    1. says: Jaa

      I’m surprised the GA Liquid Bronzer is still in stock! I thought it was going to be an LE item! I hope they make it permanent because this thing is seriously so good and versatile! :)

  6. says: Agata

    Wonderful picks. A lot of them are my beauty discoveries as well! And I am totally on board with you with the Naked 3 palette too, it’s my favorite out of the 3.

  7. says: Monique

    Love your picks!
    I have to say that 2014 was a great year for beauty goodies
    Thank you for sharing this with us
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year

    1. says: Jaa

      Agreed! Sooo many amazing beauty products released in 2014! I could barely keep up! I have a feeling 2015 is going to be even more competitive! Happy New Year to you as well, Mo! <3

  8. says: Erin

    Have you seen the new Bite mask? It’s strawberry tinted. I think I might get that one! Naked 3 and Ambient powders are on the top of my list still!

  9. says: Lily

    That’s a whole lot of goodness :-) That Simplehuman mirror looks good but man, the price! I’ve been reading so many raves about the CLinique cleansing balm and I tried it last year, but didn’t really like it. I think it’s the texture that I don’t like, and I went through the tub way too fast. I’m sticking to my Omorovicza and Bobbi Brown :-)

    1. says: Jaa

      You don’t like the texture? How come? I LOVE the texture! LOL! But yeah, I go through it very quickly, too! I tend to use too much each time. LOL.

  10. says: Sylirael

    WHY MUST YOU TAUNT ME WITH PUSSCAT!?! {{{{{{{{{{Jaa}}}}}}}}}} :-D

    There’s a breathtking amount of goodness on this list. Seriously. I really want to try that Bite lip mask now – especially as I see that there’s a red/pink tinted version!!

    1. says: Jaa

      I really want to buy the new color but I only use the mask as a lip treatment before bed or under my other lipstick, so maybe I should stick with the original, colorless one. :-/

  11. So many things here that I want to add to my collection in 2015! The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads need to get in my cart ASAP. I’m trying a natural solution for my acne breakouts and scarring using Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for a month. If it works, YAY! If not, Facial Radiance Pads will be my next try. I’m still sore about missing out on Nude Dip, that’s my biggest missed-the-boat boohoo of the year. 3 products stand out to me as my absolute hands-down BEST of the entire year, and that’s:
    -Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation
    -Glossier Balm Dotcom
    -Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Love Glow
    If you decide to pick up one of the CT blushes, I can’t say enough about how awesome my customer service experience was at Beautylish! It was packed with great care and arrived quickly. They sent a handwritten note, and followed up with an email to see verify that I’d received it and ask what I thought about it! I responded back, and the customer service person wrote me back again – like 2 friends having a chat about beauty products! It was amazing.

    1. says: Janet

      Apple Cider vinegar is awesome! Great for so many things! Full of salicylic acid, great for digestion, etc. So many things! Will be anxious to hear how it works!!! Superior customer service like that! I LOVE THAT!!! So nice!

    2. says: Jaa

      Oh wow! I know they send out a handwritten note with your order but to reply to you personally, too? I want to place my first order now just for the experience!!! :D Maybe I’ll pick up that Love Glow blush you’ve been raving about!! :D

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